'ITxe Siamese-Chinese family of Indo-Chinese languages includes Tai, Karen, and
€Hnese. Of these, Tai is the only one which falls within the limits of the present Survey.
is spoken in. Burma, and Chinese is not a vernacular of British India.
is a group of languages, including Siamese and Lao of Siam, Lii and Khun of the
trans-Salwin Shan States, Shan of Burma and Tun-nan, and Ahom, Khamti, and other
dialects of Assam. As the languages of Burma do not form a part of our present inquiries,
the Assam Tai languages are the only ones which will he considered in detail in the